Mitigating climate change and building community resilience in our Village
- Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report, Fall 2019
- Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report, Spring 2020
- Vulnerability Survey. Please take the survey to contribute to the Village’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment.
- Heat Emergency Plan
- Green Building Code: According to US EPA, buildings and their construction together account for 36 percent of global energy use and 39 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually. Under this 2013 Hastings law, all work requiring a building permit must comply with the Green Building Code.
- Hastings / Dobbs Ferry HeatSmart Campaign: A campaign to help local homeowners adopt clean energy choices for their homes. Offers access to free household energy audits and incentives for energy-efficient HVAC installations.
- Community Choice Aggregation (CCA): An energy bulk-purchasing program that allows the Village to purchase green power for all Hastings-on-Hudson residents and small businesses at a fixed and lower price than the standard rate. Resolution, 2015.
- Complete Streets Policy: Supports pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the Village with an aim to reduce automobile use.
- Mayors' Climate Accord: The Village joined the peer-to-peer Climate Mayors network in 2017 and resolved to uphold the agreements in the Paris Climate Accord.
- Established Climate Smart Communities Task force.
Explore the links below. Residents and businesses can participate in to these Conservation Commission programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help build community resiliency.
Land Care: You and your landscaper can reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the use of gas powered equipment and chemical inputs on your property and by mulching leaves in place. Learn how on our website. In addition, habitat destruction is impacting our ecology's resiliency in the face of climate change. "Unlawn" your yard and plant pollinating natives! Click for more info.
Hillside Woods Restoration Project: Hillside Woods mitigates climate change and helps keep our air clean. The trees in Hillside Woods remove about 84 tons of carbon out of the air each year, equivalent to the CO2 produced by burning about 8,500 gallons of gasoline. We're working on an ambitious habitat restoration project. Volunteers welcome!
Solid Waste: Hastings' municipal trash is incinerated. Create less trash, produce less CO2. Click on link for how to Recycle Right, compost food scraps, make less waste and what to do with household hazardous waste.
Educate Yourself. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the original Earth Day, and due to the pandemic, we're offering a series of informational sessions on sustainability topics, presented by local experts.
Volunteer. Get more involved by lending a hand.
- Hastings Climate Smart Communities Task Force
- Hastings Conservation Commission
- Hastings Energy Working Group
- Hillside Woods Restoration Project
- Hastings Zero Waste Advisory Taskforce
- Sustainable Westchester Initiatives
More things you can do: useful links
National and Government Organizations
- EPA's Carbon footprint calculator - Calculate your household's footprint.
- NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - NYS' agency for all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment.
- Is my neighborhood at risk? Link to Westchester flooding vulnerability GIS map that describes local risk factors and areas vulnerable to climate hazards.
- Buy an Electric Vehicle – Click for incentives on plug-ins or EV's.
- Conserve Water with Help from Suez – Suez is our local water utility.
- Project Drawdown – The world’s leading resource for climate change solutions with actions you can take today.
- National Resource Defense Council – Priorities for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
- The Years Project – Individual solutions to climate change.
- Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – What We Can Do.
- Energy.gov – Reducing Pollution with Electric Vehicles.
Local and Regional Organizations
- Greenburgh Nature Center - The Greenburgh Nature Center’s mission is to ignite passion, curiosity, and respect for our natural world.
- Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy - A non-profit organization facilitating the restoration of Samuel Untermyer’s gardens.
- Bedford 2020 - A community-wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve natural resources in the town of Bedford and beyond.
- Riverkeeper - Aims to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water of 9 million New Yorkers.
- Scenic Hudson - Connect with the Hudson Valley
- The Hudson We Share - Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan
Please Contact us with your questions and ideas!
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